Fluffy pancakes are so loved by many people around the globe. Generally considered one of the easiest and most versatile foods to prepare, pancakes can be enjoyed as a breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Not to mention they can be paired with fruit, cold cuts, bacon or butter and maple syrup. However, some pancakes fall short due to their unhealthy ingredients, which can raise blood sugar levels in people with diabetes or cause allergic reactions in those with coeliac disease. If this statement rings true for you, then you ought to check out some healthy pancake recipes like the one we're sharing here.
What is a Buckwheat Pancake?
Buckwheat pancakes are made from buckwheat seeds, which are often used in cakes, noodles and soups. The buckwheat pancake has its roots in America, where buckwheat seeds have been widely cultivated for centuries; even Thomas Jefferson had his own buckwheat plantation because he just couldn't get enough of pancakes made with buckwheat groats.
Fagopyrum esculentum and Fagopyrum tartaricum are the most common species of the grain that are grown and used for culinary purposes. These naturally gluten-free grains offer a range of health benefits, making them a pantry staple.
What are the Health Benefits of Buckwheat and Banana Pancakes?
Buckwheat seeds have high fibre content and antioxidant power thanks to their rich flavonoids (rutin and quercetin), which help lower the risk of heart disease and inhibit cancer cell growth. Additionally, they contain high levels of B-vitamins, especially B3, B6 and B9, which help to maintain a healthy nervous system, metabolism and immune system. A high milligram of potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus are also found in the seeds, which are important for nerve functions, muscular strength and bone health. Buckwheat is also an excellent source of protein, which is the body's primary building block.
To make these delicious pancakes even healthier, we thought of topping them with fresh banana slices. Bananas, as you know, aid digestion, regulate blood sugar levels, support heart health and keep skin supple and youthful.
Whether you are looking for a tasty addition to your gluten-free diet or just happen to be a collector of healthy pancake recipes, then this recipe is one you're sure to love. Sweetness is derived from the banana and just a smidgen of maple syrup. No need for any more!
The batter will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. If it thickens, just add a little more coconut milk [alt tag: Which Milk Alternative is Best For You?] or water.
Finally, you could also use ghee for pan frying. Ghee is clarified butter, meaning that all the milk solids have been removed, leaving behind a pure, nourishing and stable fat. Those very sensitive to dairy, stick to coconut oil.
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- 1 cup buckwheat flour (sprouted if available)
- 1/2 teaspoon aluminium-free baking soda
- 2 teaspoons aluminium-free baking powder
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 1/2 full fat coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 teaspoons cold pressed macadamia oil
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 organic egg
- Coconut oil for pan frying
- Place all ingredients except for the coconut oil in a food processor and process until a smooth batter is formed.
- Heat a little coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan. Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot pan. Cook for 3 minutes (or until pancake can be flipped) and then 1-2 minutes on the other side until golden brown.
- Add more coconut oil as needed to make the rest of the pancakes.
- Your choice of fresh fruit, coarsely chopped nuts, coconut yoghurt or sheep’s yoghurt (if no issue with dairy), a drizzle of maple syrup
- Nut spread, sliced banana and maple syrup
- Your call!